Members’ Area

From receiving expert help and guidance to benchmarking your business’ performance, the Members’ Area is a gateway to resources, services and support specifically developed for those working in the field of design.

Some sections are exclusively accessible to DBA members, connecting you to the extensive range of benefits your membership provides.

DBA membership extends to everyone working within your business – all members of your team can register for their own password – ensuring the whole team benefits.

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Resources

Essential guidance, templates, insight and tools to support you on all aspects of the business of design. From contracts to client opinion, legal updates to exporting support, our resources give you instant access to expert advice and tools to help solve a wide range of business challenges.

If you can’t find the information you’re after please email membership@dba.org.uk or call 020 7251 9229 and we’ll look to source or signpost you to guidance to match your needs. 

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How to avoid a half-baked value proposition


A great proposition can be transformational, serving up tasty rewards for your business. But beware these common pitfalls says Co-definery's Robin Bonn.

New business & client relations, Strategy development


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Recovery Rates: Are you getting paid for all the work you do?


Are you working for free on a Friday? The average creative agency has a recovery rate of about 80% - that means they are not billing for 20% of the time they spend working on client work. What are the reasons for a low recovery rate and how can an agency address them?

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Fees, Utilisation and Recovery Rates: Getting the mix right in your business


The way hourly, utilisation and recovery rates work together is key to the profitability of your business. The DBA's Adam Fennelow shares advice on how to balance them correctly.

Business skills, Financial


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Are you the kid or the adult in the cereal aisle?


In running your design business you can't afford to make short-term decisions that have bad long-term implications. Consistently asking these five questions will keep you focused on the bigger picture, says David C. Baker.

Business skills, New business & client relations


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Writing a Health & Safety Policy


It is a legal requirement for companies with five or more employees to have a written Health & Safety Policy. Even if your business has less than 5 employees you may still want to consider writing a policy. A health and safety policy sets out your general approach, objectives and the arrangements you have put in place for managing health and safety in your business. It is a unique document that says who does what, when and how.

Business skills, HR


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Helplines – Legal, HR and employment, Insurance and R&D tax credits


DBA members have access to extensive support from a range of DBA helplines and partner businesses covering Legal advice, HR and employment advice, Insurance cover (from office contents to Professional Indemnity) and R&D tax credits.

Financial, HR, Legal


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Adapting to a changing world


Nokia made rubber boots before entering the world of mobile phones. Shell started life as an importer of shells before diversifying into...

Business skills, New business & client relations, Strategy development


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Is your agency good value for money?


Deciding whether a design agency is good value for money can be tricky, as all sorts of factors come into play. These are concerned with the quality of the client/agency relationship, not just the financial aspects. DBA Expert Jonathan Kirk explains.

Business skills, New business & client relations, Strategy development


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How much could R&D tax credits be worth to your business?


Fellow DBA members have received funding for their businesses through R&D tax incentives, could you?   Research and...

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Significant changes to employment law coming this April


This April, significant changes to employment law are coming into effect – how will they impact your...

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